With a large retrospective on Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986), the Fondation Beyeler presents one of the most significant painters of the 20th century and a prominent figure of modern American art. The exhibition highlights Georgia O’Keeffe’s distinctive way of contemplating her environment and translating it into novel, unprecedented images of reality. “One rarely takes the time to really see a flower. I have painted it big enough so that others would see what I see.” This early quote from 1926 became a guiding thread for O’Keeffe’s art and life. From her earliest abstractions to her iconic depictions of flowers and landscapes from the American Southwest, the exhibition brings together a large selection of paintings from public and private collections, some of them only rarely displayed.
The exhibition is organized by the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in partnership with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe.